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Poster: scooter_nyc Date: Mar 26, 2006 8:47pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Copyrights Being Ignored ??

Mr. Movie, not to be rude here, but what POSSIBLE difference could it make in your life if someone is selling a 16mm print of a film on ebay? Unless you're personally a party to the copyrights involved in any of those films or the sales of said films, I honestly don't see how it would concern you. Even if the films are being sold illegally (which I doubt) you have exactly zero standing to complain about it.

Self-appointed copyright vigilantes give me the chills when it comes to ebay. There are far too many deluded people on ebay who spend their time filing complaints about movies that they *believe* are being sold illegally. And since ebay can't investigate, they simply err on the side of caution and pull the listing and/or bounce the seller. There's very little that the seller can do, since it's often difficult to prove the legality of an item to ebay.

I don't doubt that the companies that used to rent 16mm films to airlines and schools and the like eventually sold or donated their wares as the format became less popular. Isn't that scenario far more likely than the rampant theft that you seem to imagining?

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Poster: MrMovie Date: Mar 31, 2006 4:42am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Copyrights Being Ignored ??

I'm far from beng a "self-appointed copyright vigilante" as you so inferred. I was trying to make a point about copyrights when another person referenced the 'orgin' of those prints. And, by the way, I worked in the motion picture industry for more than 40 years (which possibly could be longer than you are alive) so I don't think there is any need for me to continue to banter with your "I don't want to be rudeness" but were.

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